Cox urges players to maintain form

Workington Reds vs Eastwood Town - Eastwood Town's Lee Stevenson takes on David 'Dabber' Hewson; Tuesday 25th January 2011: PAUL JOHNSON
Workington Reds vs Eastwood Town - Eastwood Town's Lee Stevenson takes on David 'Dabber' Hewson; Tuesday 25th January 2011: PAUL JOHNSON

EASTWOOD Town boss Paul Cox praised his players after an excellent victory at Workington - and urged them to extend their fine run of form.

The Badgers have only lost one of their last eight games in all competitions and are unbeaten in four Blue Square North encounters.

And with a visit to Corby Town next in line this weekend, Cox wants the momentum to continue.

He said: “We’ve come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks and are playing much better as a unit.

“The form has been good. The defeat at Telford was just one of those games but I still felt it was a good away performance that perhaps merited a draw.

“Other than that result, we’ve been doing very well since the Nuneaton game back in November in that we’re looking like a proper football team again and I expect that to continue.”

The victory at Workington was all the more impressive given the long midweek trip the Badgers had to endure, and Cox felt that in the end the victory could even have been more convincing.

“It was a great night’s work and to be honest we should probably have scored more as I felt we had three cast iron penalties turned down late in the game,” he said.

“But it was a terrific result and the kind that’s been coming in recent weeks, as the players seem to be really enjoying their football at the moment and that’s reflected in the way they’re playing.

“It was nice to see Adie Hawes and Anton Foster get on the scoresheet too as I’ve been stressing how important it is to try and spread the goals around rather than rely too much on Lee Stevenson, although he still managed to score another one!”

Corby

Cox watched Corby’s 5-3 win at Stafford on Saturday and is well aware of the dangers they will pose.

He said: “They have a great squad and excellent resources so it’ll be a real test. Players like Nathan Jarman, Chris Hope and Steve Diggin are top quality and will do damage if you let them.

“But we’re relishing every game now and will go there full of confidence.”

There then follows a trip to Retford United in the Notts Senior Cup on Tuesday, as Eastwood begin their defence of the trophy against the team they beat 4-3 in last year’s final.

Cox is keen to maintain the record of a trophy in each season of his tenure so once again will be taking the competition seriously, but says it will also be a chance to utilise his squad.

He said: “The players and fans always want to win it and we’ll certainly be aiming to do so again, but we need to be sensible with regard to the number of games coming up so it could be a good chance to give match time to some of the lads who haven’t had as much of it in recent weeks.”